Written by: Alex Green
(Photo by Guillaume Mercier)
“So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing,” T.S. Eliot once wrote.
He would have loved She Made Me Do It.
This is a band that knows all about the stillness, the dancing and the darkness.
In fact, the London duo’s songs seem to take place in the deepest parts of the night, where blades get dragged across alleys and shadows move with elegant muscle in and out of the darkness. There’s a prowling menace to all of the numbers on the band’s new album Endless Dream State, but there’s also a hypnotic glow that’s seductive and inviting.
Comprised of Shaheena Dax (Rachel Stamp) on vocals and keyboards with Will Crewdson (Adam Ant/Bow Wow Wow/Flesh For Lulu) on guitars and keyboards, She Made Me Do It know how to set a scene–layers of synths wrap around Crewdson’s masterful guitar work, while Dax’s vocals are brimming with a haunting authority.
From the lashing “Bed Of Lies” to the foreboding “Gaslight,” Endless Dream State is packed with dark, cinematic thrills. The hypnotic “Oh Boy” is as savage as it is hypnotic, the sexy pull of “Fantascopic” is impossible to resist and “God Of London” is a searing splash of electronic perfection.
She Made Me Do It were great sports about filling out our Scouting Report questionnaire.
What would be the name of your autobiography? We asked guitarist Will Crewdson.
What’s The Deal With The Blood, he wrote…
FULL NAME: Will Crewdson
RECORD LABEL: Catranstic
DESCRIBE YOUR SOUND IN ONE SENTENCE: Spaghettilectroid guitarmageddon for the twisted masses.
PROUDEST PROFESSIONAL MOMENT: Making a packed club in Berlin shake their collective booties to my solo live Scant Regard set.
THE SONG YOU WISH YOU’D WRITTEN: “Hasten Down the Wind” by Warren Zevon
FIVE MUSICIANS YOU ADMIRE: Martin L Gore, Jason Falkner, Jack Grisham, Prince, Richard H Kirk
ALBUM YOU CAN’T STOP LISTENING TO: ‘The Day is my Enemy’ by The Prodigy
DESCRIBE YOURSELF AS A KID: Shy but determined.
THREE THINGS THAT KEEP YOU UP AT NIGHT: Starbucks, Costa and Cafe Nero.
LAST BOOK YOU READ: ‘Attempting Normal’ by Marc Maron.
FAVORITE MUPPET: Scooter
CATS OR DOGS? Cats
THINGS WE’D FIND IN THE TRUNK OF YOUR CAR: No car.
HARDEST PART ABOUT YOUR JOB: Changing strings.
FIRST THING YOU DO WHEN YOU GET TO A NEW CITY: Get caffeinated and explore.
WHAT WORD DO YOU OVERUSE IN CONVERSATION?: Really
WHAT WILL THE TITLE OF YOUR AUTOBIOGRAPHY BE?: ‘What’s the Deal with the Blood?’
FAVORITE LATE NIGHT TV SHOW: “Curb Your Enthusiasm”
DRINK OF CHOICE: Black coffee
BEST ALBUM TO PLAY AFTER A BREAK-UP AND YOU’RE HOLDING A BOTTLE OF VODKA AND SOMETHING SHARP:
Cabaret Voltaire – ‘The Covenant, The Sword and the Arm of The Lord’
INDULGENCE YOU REFUSE TO GIVE UP: Being my own boss
SOMEONE SAYS, “Don’t tell anyone I told you this.” DO YOU? Nope
WORDS TO LIVE BY: “Never ever bloody anything ever…”